Volunteers ready Truckee skate park at high school
As temperatures rise and more young people make the switch from snowboards to skateboards, officials of the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District are making sure they have a safe place to play.
A group of volunteers and TDRPD employees worked through the afternoon last Saturday to get the skateboarding park ready behind the high school. Complete with ramps and a half pipe, the facility will open for its second year Saturday, June 6. TDRPD Teen Coordinator Chuck Halladay said the skateboard facility will be the only one on the North Shore this year and he expects it to be well used.
“We had well over 1,000 people use it last year and with no park at Homewood this year, I expect that to increase,” he said.
The enthusiasm from local skaters has encouraged Halladay to look into the possibility of opening a permanent facility at the Truckee River Regional Park. The only thing standing in the way, he said, is money.
Goal is permanent facility
“My goal is to have a permanent place by this time next year,” he said. “If we did that, it could be open all the time and we wouldn’t have to staff it.”
Halladay went on to explain that a new federal park regulation stipulates that those who skate at permanent facilities would do so at their own risk. That would save the district money not only on staffing, but also on insurance.
Halladay has already begun raising money for the new park and on June 20 will coordinate what he calls Skate Park Palooza. The day-long dance party will take place at West End Beach and Halladay said 11 bands are already on board.
Once completed, a permanent skateboard park would serve more than just casual skaters. Halladay said competitive skaters used the temporary facility last year, including one skater who will compete in the Extreme Games.
The skate park will be open throughout the summer from 11 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Admission costs $3 for an all-day pass.
Halladay said Saturday’s 21 volunteers included students from Sierra Mountain Middle School and Tahoe-Truckee High School, along with many community residents. Ten TDRPD employees also aided with the setup.
He said volunteers Scott Lovelace, Bo Stewart, Matt Stark and Dale Fritchle especially put forth outstanding effort to get the project off the ground.
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